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Keeley Templeton models a floral-patterned swimsuit during a fashion show at Point Mallard.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Keeley Templeton models a floral-patterned swimsuit during a fashion show at Point Mallard.

Suit up!
Choose bright colors
for children's swimwear

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dkomis@decaturdaily.com 340-2447

Children of all ages recently strutted down the runway at Point Mallard Park bedecked in bright colors, polka dots, flip-flops and goggles.

Twins Sam, left, and Seth Swafford sport board shorts at Point Mallard's fashion show. At right, Harlie Vinson shows off her polka-dot tankini with ruffled bottoms.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Twins Sam, left, and Seth Swafford sport board shorts at Point Mallard's fashion show. At right, Harlie Vinson shows off her polka-dot tankini with ruffled bottoms.
Last week's fashion show wasn't your typical New York fashion show with paparazzi and snobbery, but rather a fun salute to the start of swim season.

While trends in children's swimwear don't change as quickly as they do with adult swimwear, they still exist, said Point Mallard events coordinator Ashley Wolff.

This season, bright floral patterns and polka dots are popular for girls' swimwear, Wolff said.

Angela Hammons, children's department manager at Dillard's, agreed.

"The floral pattern is more prominent than anything," she said.

Two pieces are still very popular for girls, especially those that are halters or tankinis.

Ruffles and sequins are also popular details for girls' swimsuits and cover-ups, Hammons and Wolff said.

For boys swimwear, cartoon characters and action figures are popular patterns.

At Dillard's, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Cars and Spider-Man characters all are seen a lot in their swimwear, Hammons said.

For younger and older boys, board shorts are still the preferred style over traditional, shorter swim trunks.

While the boys' under-5 age group tends to have very bright, tropical-looking swimsuits, the older crowd's board shorts are more subtle, Wolff said.

"For older boys, it's more just one stripe on the side or bottom," she said.

At the Point Mallard Gift Shop, they carry these boys' swimsuits in colors like orange, blue and brown.

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